List of useful Tools and Process for building your own Sales Funnel / Website - Part 1

Victor John

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Building your own Website

I used NameCheap for my DNS and routing ($10 a year). I used their Namecheap Logo Maker to build the Logo for this site. I use Netlify for my hosting, as it's free and offers SSL as standard. I use Publii for constructing and uploading the website, its fast and easy to use. For this website I use the Documentation Theme ($30, once off). I use Soundgasm to host my free audios, and Anchor to distribute my Podcast. My Digital Storefront is run through GetDPD ($10 per month) as they specialise in Digital Products.

The Process of Building a Website
Following this process will allow you to build a FAST, secure website that costs less to run per-month than any other site guide I've seen out there. This site has SSL, traffic analytics, contact forms, and is FAST.
  1. Find the Niche. Do they have money? Can you reach them? What are their problems? Come up with ideas and proofcheck. DO THIS FIRST!
  2. Get a domain from Namecheap ($10-15 per year)
  3. Register a free email address from ProtonMail (free).
  4. Create your content / product. Do this BEFORE messing around with site.
  5. Open account with Netlify (free).
  6. Build your Logo with Namecheap or LogoHub
  7. Download Publii, build your site content.
  8. Setups Menus, upload to Netlify.
  9. Enable SSL.
  10. Redirect Domain Name to Netlify using these instructions.
  11. Track users with Clicky.
  12. (Optional) Embed a Contact Form using JotForm.
  13. Optimise site as described below.
Optimising Website Performance
In descending order, the biggest differences you can make are:
  1. Get a _headers file for content caching.
  2. Optimise Image Sizes using https://tinypng.com/
  3. Combine, Minify and Defer loading of JS and CSS https://jscompress.com/
I used a number of different services to optimise the speed of the site. Googles PageSpeed Insights, CoffeeCups Sonar, GTMetrix and SolarWinds PingDom.

Creating Written Content for a Website

Depending on the content, it can vary a little as sometimes I'll use Evernote to capture ideas. Generally when I’m writing, I use WorkFlowy for the Outline and Research Phase, Cold Turkey Writer ($10, once off) for the initial draft. I write and store all my posts and pages in Evernote. Final formatting and adding links is done in Publii before publishing to the site. I'm currently writing a book, and for that I use Scrivener.

Macintosh Specific Software Choices

If I was writing on a Mac, I'd use OmniOutliner, Ulysses and Bear.
 
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